LBN – Special Report – Saturday, June 10th, 2017

*Islamic State Propaganda Hard Hit by Killings, Battlefield Setbacks:

The Islamic State group’s propaganda machine used to be confident, promising that its self-declared caliphate would be “lasting and expanding.” But in recent months, as the group’s territory has shrunk, its messages have as well. Far from the boastful, self-aggrandizing videos of the past, the group is now urging fighters to resist and not run away from the battlefield. The quality of the videos has dropped as well after some of the extremists’ most prominent propagandists and producers were killed. Slickly produced IS propaganda videos shot from multiple angles with religious songs in the background used to spread fear among the group’s opponents, with gruesome footage of beheadings, shootings, confessions of detainees and sophisticated attacks against their rivals. In the videos, the group boasted that Muslims from all over the world were flocking to what they called the “first caliphate” since the fall of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. Now the videos mostly urge fighters to be steadfast and call on the local population to join the group after hundreds of IS fighters have been killed over the past months.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that over 300 Grammy Award winners read LBN daily?

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH: The results, published on Thursday in the journal Science, are so striking that the Food and Drug Administration already has approved the drug, pembrolizumab, brand name Keytruda, for patients whose cancers arise from the same genetic abnormality. It is the first time a drug has been approved for use against tumors that share a certain genetic profile, whatever their location in the body. Tens of thousands of cancer patients each year could benefit.

*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Aretha Franklin’s hometown of Detroit has named a street after her. A section of Madison Street, between Brush and Witherell, was named Aretha Franklin Way for The Queen of Soul on Thursday. The area is at the heart of a performing arts district that includes the Detroit Opera House.


*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER:   ***What was more confusing in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night: How the heck the Cavaliers did what they did against the NBA’s premier defense or what was going on with the officiating? Yeah, right. We voted for the officiating, too. When Game 4 ended with the Cavaliers having crawled back into the series at 3-1 and having averted a Finals sweep with a 137-116 victory over the Warriors, seven technical fouls had been assessed against the two teams. Perhaps the biggest head-scratcher of the game came whenDraymond Green was assessed a technical foul at 6:18 of the third quarter by ref John Goble.


TV’s most intriguing, revealing TV interview show ——— “Without Notes” with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 3: Getting Political ——

*LBN-NOTICED:  ***Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal walking arm in arm under an umbrella in the West Village in NYC.   ***Grammy award winning jazz pianist, Prof. Bill Cunliffe came in to Jimmy Au’s men’s clothing store in Sherman Oaks, California.


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James Earl Ray Escapes from Prison Again (1977)

In 1967, James Earl Ray, who was serving time for armed robbery, escaped from prison by hiding in a bread truck. He remained at large until 1968, when he was captured in London following an international manhunt sparked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Ray pled guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. In 1977, he once again escaped, but this time he was recaptured within days.

*LBN-R.I.P.: Actress Glenne Headly died Thursday night at age 63, The Hollywood Reporter reported. “It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly,” her representatives said in a statement. The cause of death was not given. The Emmy-nominated TV and film actress was best known for her roles in films including Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsDick Tracy, and Mr. Holland’s Opus. Most recently she appeared in the film The Circle, the HBO series The Night Of, and was working on the upcoming Hulu show Future Man.   ***Lili Ungar, a former Hollywood publicist and teacher, died Sunday in Vietnam, where she had been living and teaching English for several years, according to her Facebook page. Ungar, who served as a VP at PMK and later at BWR in the 1980s and ’90s, founded her own eponymous public relations firm in 1991 specializing in entertainment, corporate and multi-media clients.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jennifer Wright: Millennials are, according to Business Insider earlier this month, “Killing Chains Like Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebee’s.” This isn’t the first thing that we’ve killed and/or destroyed by stubbornly refusing to spend money on it. Last year millennials got accused of wiping out everything from mass-market beers like Budweiser and Coors to the diamond industry to bar soap. And, on behalf of all millennials, I can only say: You’re welcome. Because these institutions we’re obliterating are awful.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Alex Williams: Anxiety has become our everyday argot, our thrumming lifeblood: not just on Twitter (the ur-anxious medium, with its constant updates), but also in blogger diaries, celebrity confessionals (Et tu, Beyoncé?), a hit Broadway show (“Dear Evan Hansen”), a magazine start-up (Anxy, a mental-health publication based in Berkeley, Calif.), buzzed-about television series (like “Maniac,” a coming Netflix series by Cary Fukunaga, the lauded “True Detective” director) and, defying our abbreviated attention spans, on bookshelves. With two new volumes analyzing the condition (“On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety,” by Andrea Petersen, and “Hi, Anxiety,” by Kat Kinsman) following recent best-sellers byScott Stossel (“My Age of Anxiety”) and Daniel Smith(“Monkey Mind”), the anxiety memoir has become a literary subgenre to rival the depression memoir, firmly established since William Styron’s “Darkness Visible” and Elizabeth Wurtzel’s “Prozac Nation” in the 1990s and continuing today with Daphne Merkin’s “This Close to Happy.”

*Pain Relief Expert Adam Heller Creates First Ever Certification Program with an Emphasis on Eliminating Chronic Pain

Adam Heller has created the Zero Pain Now® certification training, the first certification program with an emphasis on permanently eliminating chronic pain:  Heller states, “We here at Zero Pain Now have a 97.4% success rate in eliminating pain for our patients, specifically in patients diagnosed with bulging discs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or fibromyalgia.” Our training program provides an opportunity for graduates to maintain the same extraordinarily high success rate. A write-up from a Mayo Clinic Pilot stated, “Following the Zero Pain Now intervention, all patients were completely pain-free and ALL costs associated with managing their pain ceased!” Heller is now offering the first ever certification program for people to learn these proven pain relief techniques and apply them both in private practice and in the workforce. “This is the best opportunity for coaches, health workers, therapists and anyone who wants to help people get more clients and increase income,” says Heller.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: In the last year there have been four touchstone elections in the West: two in Britain, one in the U.S., one in France. Two of these were disasters, one was nearly so, and one was a huge relief. None went according to script. Maybe that’s because we have lousy pollsters and lackluster mainstream politicians. There’s also the matter of reckless voters. As of Friday, it seemed that Theresa May would cobble together a coalition government — just barely — with a small northern Irish party, which should keep her in office for a while longer. In every other sense she’s a humiliated politician, who squandered a huge lead in a lousy campaign against a vile opponent. Sound familiar?


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